Hybrid education is a modern adaptation of traditional education.
As both an educator and a parent, I’ve observed the accelerated changes schools have undergone to bolster efficiency. Education has largely unwittingly (or wittingly) not implemented any meaningful changes in making education more efficient.
I recall conducting a teacher observation several years ago. I was taken aback by how the classroom environment, with a few exceptions, had essentially remained stagnant. Very little had changed since I left high school about 20 years ago.
Technology has offered flexibility to for our modern workforce. According to a New York Times article, about 48% of the Americans workforce works remotely on a weekly basis. Using various platforms, employees and students are not as reliant on a traditional in-person experience.
A College-Like Experience
The hybrid model of education was conceived about 15 years ago, colleges and universities started using online platforms, commonly referred to as an LMS (Learning Management System). A Learning Management System allows students and faculty to share meaningful academic interactions through an online platform. Moving forward, learning will be a hybrid between online and in-person learning.
As a graduate student, I had the advantage of accessing my syllabus, submitting assignments, interacting with fellow students, engaging threaded discussions and seeking teacher feedback through the LMS application. Essentially, learning was streamlined through the hybrid process.
During college, I was required to attend class once a week, yet I remained fully engaged with my professors through the LMS application. The professor was able to connect with us through the LMS platform, which made communication more efficient.
Hybrid Education at Chesterton
Here at the Chesterton School of Liberal Arts, we strive to provide students and parents with the unique opportunity to experience efficiency, transparency and flexibility through the hybrid model. Parents have access to real-time information on their student’s grades, assignments, teacher feedback, attendance log and other features. Parents have their own separate login information to ensure their child is on track.
Daily 9-2 Schedule
Our hybrid model is simple: students attend class twice a week in the form of an in person sessions from 9AM to 2PM and meet for an online session once a week. The rest of the week, students complete assignments at their own pace, providing students and parents much-needed flexibility.
Weekly 40/60 Schedule
The model we are employing is a 40/60 approach. Forty percent of the week, students are in class at a brick-and-mortar environment (classroom), while the other 60% of the time they are working at their own pace from the comfort of their home in a flexible environment.
Our in-person sessions take place in non-traditional academic environments. We replace the factory-style classroom model with something that is between an art gallery and coffee shop. Students are not confined to a small space and they have opportunities to work outdoors as well.
The in-person session includes activities that will support students to retain the material they’ve studied independently. Activities include reflective discussions about literature, speech and debates, oral examinations and written exams. In the hybrid environment, busywork is unnecessary; every moment spent in class is spent on challenging the students and fostering the student’s intellect.
Gary Gyultemiryan is the Director and Co-Founder of Chesterton School of Liberal Arts. He lives in Glendale with wife and daughter. He reads mountains of books and enjoys attending philosophical lectures and spiritual events in Los Angeles County. G.K. Chesterton is one of his favorite authors.